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Where to See Your Favourite Christmas Movies Across the North East and Yorkshire

Christmas Movies
What's on
December 2023
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There's nothing better to get you into the Christmas spirit than a movie night with your favourite films

Whether you want to see your favourites in a fresh setting or want to find new Christmas gems, here are the very best movie nights to book this December.

Tyneside Cinema

For a real classic, head to Tyneside Cinema for It’s A Wonderful Life with Prosecco and afternoon tea. The heartwarming film tells the tale of George Bailey, a decent and upstanding man who is driven to distraction when he believes himself to be cheated out of the life he wanted. His guardian angel Clarence then takes George on a journey to show him how loved he truly is. Enjoy afternoon tea before the screening and tickets are still available for this Sunday (17th) and  Christmas Eve.

Tyneside Cinema also has special screenings of The Holiday with popcorn and Prosecco on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th. This cosy movie follows Iris and Amanda, two dumped and depressed women who swap homes for the holidays. Iris flies to sunny California while Amanda burrows away in a snowy English cottage, but love is never far away. Enjoy a mini bottle of Prosecco as you cry into your popcorn. 

The Fire Station

Gear up for a festive film extravaganza at The Fire Station. From 27th December, the venue is hosting a two-day long movie marathon with all of your festive favourites including Die Hard, The Holiday, Arthur Christmas and Home Alone. You can sign up for as many of the films as you like and hot drinks and snacks are available throughout.

The venue is also hosting a very special viewing of The Snowman on Christmas Eve. Come along and watch the Christmas classic brought to life by the Ever Ready Brass Band, who will be performing the film score live. 

Star and Shadow Cinema

Can’t choose what to watch? Head to the Star and Shadow cinema on 23rd December for their Merry Mystery Movie. At 2pm the cinema will be showing a festive mystery movie that is suitable for the whole family and at 6pm they will be showing a vintage Christmas romance. There will be Christmas treats available, including mulled wine, and best of all, the movie is free! Tickets can be booked online now. The Star and Shadow cinema is completely volunteer-led and is dedicated to promoting independent, grass-roots cinema.

Jam Jar Cinema

Whitley Bay
The cosy little cinema in the heart of Whitley Bay has a none-stop programme of festive fun for everyone this December, so grab a drink from either of their two inviting bars and settle in. In celebration of one of our off-the-wall, cult favourites, the cinema is showing Gremlins on Friday 15th and Tuesday 19th December. If you’re used to a more hectic family Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is for you, showing on Saturday 16th and Friday 22nd. If you prefer your films old-school, make sure to catch The Bishop’s Wife and White Christmas, being shown throughout the lead up to Christmas.

City Screen Picture House

Looking for something for the kids? City Screen in York is running Toddler Time, with films chosen specifically to keep the little ones entertained. On 23rd December you can catch Stick Man, from the makers of The Gruffalo. Follow Stick Man as he heads on an epic adventure and tries to make it home to his family in time for Christmas. There is also a Kids’ Club for slightly older children where they can watch all of their Christmas favourites. On 21st December you can see How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and on 22nd December there is even a Polar Express pyjama party.

The cinema is also running a Festive Feast season with films following the delicious theme of food. On 22nd December, catch The Truffle Hunters, which follows a small circle of traditional Italian truffle hunters, and the absurd buying market they feed. 

The Light

The Light, Bradford are going all out this festive season to make sure your Christmas is packed full of movie magic. On 20th December, prepare for a sing-along special of Spirited, a hilarious reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The film follows the ghost of Christmas present as he picks the wrong man to haunt and ends up questioning his own past, present and future. So bring some jingle bells and prepare to raise the roof this December. On Christmas Eve, head along for a showing of It’s A Wonderful Life, with the added bonus of mulled wine and minced pies.

Also currently running as part of the cinema’s dedicated Toddler Time is a double bill showing of The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snowdog. Follow a young boy, James, as he befriends a magical snowman and takes a breathtaking trip through the wintry night sky. The sequel follows James’s son as he discovers the snowman and the new snowdog for himself. 

Savoy Cinema

For something a bit different, take in a recorded ballet show at your local cinema this Christmas. On 17th December, enjoy the fairytale magic of Peter Wright’s ballet masterpiece The Nutcracker. Period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman bring a wonderful festive-feeling to the performance and the spectacular dancing will take your breath away.

On 18th December, the Savoy is showing André Rieu’s White Christmas. Enjoy beautiful renditions of classic Christmas songs including O Holy Night and Jingle Bells. Plus, the show will include a backstage tour where host Charlotte Hawkins talks to André about the creation of his winter marvel. 

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